[aprssig] Winlink

Ray McKnight shortsheep at worldnet.att.net
Wed Sep 13 17:31:33 CDT 2006

You don't "dial up" a Telpac node, you connect to it over the air via
regular old connected mode packet on 1200 baud VHF.  Once connected you
will be in a simple command-line menu system like the old packet BBS's.
Those who choose to run Airmail will have simple one-click icon's to
connect, select various gateway stations, and send/receive e-mail almost
as easily as using Microsoft Outlook (or whatever program you prefer).
Those who connect "manually" and use the command line interface will
have some advanced Winlink functions disabled.  Another reason to use
Airmail.  But it still gets the job done.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Huston" <huston at astro.princeton.edu>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 13, 2006 14:10
Subject: [aprssig] Winlink

> On 09/13/2006 08:54 AM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> > I'm talking about the VHF TELPAC nodes that act just like an old
> > fashioned BBS, yet are linked to the global WinLINK system.  (I
> > may be using the wrong terms), but the idea is that the TELPAC
> > nodes are just packet links into the system.
> On 09/13/2006 04:19 PM, Ray McKnight wrote:
> > WinLink itself has nothing to do with "only runs under Windows".
> > If you can use a terminal program and issue command line ASCII commands
> > you can use Winlink on anything with a serial port, even a CP/M box or
> > Commodore-64, on both VHF or HF.
> Thank you Bob and Ray for shedding some light on this.  I stand
> corrected!  My only problem with the Winlink information I'd read is
> that I didn't find anything that mentioned this, only "download this
> Windows executable here" or "Run this Windows program from here".  Now
> that I know there's more to it than that, I might have to dial up a
> local Telpac node and see what I can do.
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